Carl D AnaA popular beach, with steep steps, on the road to Ponta da Piedade, about 2km from the town centre. It is flanked by cliffs and because it faces east, the sand here is nicely sheltered from the wind. There are other smaller beaches off the road between Dona Ana and Ponta da Piedade (towards the lighthouse) also worth exploring. Cliffs here can be dangerous and are often without safety barriers, so be carefull with small children.

Carl D Ana LeutePraia da Batata (Potato Beach) is the closest beach to the centre of Lagos town. It is by the little fort at the entrance to the harbour. The unusual rock formations surrounding the sand offer lots of nooks and crannies for more privacy. It is known for the small music festivals that take place there during summer. There is a sailing club and kayaking centre at the entrance as well as a pick-up point for surf trips.

PDC 563Porta do Mos beach is situated between Luz and Lagos, flanked by cliffs which usually give shelter and shade on one side or the other. There is a large parking area and beach access is easy. There is a lovely walk along the cliffs from here to the town of Luz, but not for small children as the cliffs can be dangerous. The walk is about 5 km and if you are tired you can always take a bus or taxi back to the beach.

Carl Meia Praia DuenenEasily the biggest of Lagos´ beaches, Meia Praia curves around the edge of the bay east of Lagos, all the way from Lagos Marina to the river estuary at Alvor. It is a long open beach about 6km long, but with no natural shade or shelter. There are numerous beach cafés and restaurants overlooking the sea. There is a lifeguard service in summer as well as sunbed and shade rental.